The BEST episodes of Pokémon

Every episode of Pokémon ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Pokémon!

A young boy named Ash Ketchum embarks on a journey to become a "Pokemon Master" with his first Pokemon, Pikachu. Joining him on his travels are Brock, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokemon Trainer, and Misty, a tomboyish Water Pokemon Trainer who may have a crush on him. Ash and Co. end up traveling through various regions, including Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto, and then enter the Pokemon League competitions there. Along the way, they run into many confrontations with Jessie, James, and Meowth, a trio of Pokemon thieves who are apart of an evil organization called "Team Rocket". But everytime Team Rocket try to do their evil deeds, they fail thanks to Ash and his Pokemon.

Last Updated: 6/26/2024Network: TV TokyoStatus: Continuing
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An Undersea Place to Call Home!
star
18.00
1 votes

#1 - An Undersea Place to Call Home!

Season 16 - Episode 50 - Aired 11/20/2014

After encountering the Mock Kelp Pokémon Skrelp on the Muraille coastline, Ash and his friends join two marine archaeologists on an expedition to the sunken luxury liner known as the Cussler where Skrelp, Dragalge, and several marine Pokémon live. However, Team Rocket has their sights set on capturing all of the Pokémon that call the Cussler home.

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Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
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14.00
2 votes

#2 - Pushing the Fiery Envelope!

Season 18 - Episode 63 - Aired 2/22/2018

Ash challenges the greatest battle royal fighter with his Litten.

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Advice to Goh!
star
14.00
2 votes

#3 - Advice to Goh!

Season 19 - Episode 68 - Aired 5/28/2021

Our heroes are visiting Professor Oak, where Goh learns about Project Mew and decides he’s not interested. Professor Oak keeps most of Ash’s Pokémon at his lab, but Infernape is missing, and our heroes go out looking for it. Along the way, they run into Ash’s old friend and rival, Gary, who gives Goh quite a hard time. With Gary’s help, the boys eventually find Infernape bellowing a challenge to the Legendary Pokémon Moltres—who accepts! After the battle, Gary claims a fallen feather as part of his research for Project Mew, and Goh decides he wants to join up after all. Could this have been Gary’s plan all along?

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A Young Royal Flame Ignites!
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13.00
2 votes

#4 - A Young Royal Flame Ignites!

Season 18 - Episode 81 - Aired 7/5/2018

Another exciting Battle Royal is under way! It’s the Masked Royal versus the Revengers, a battle team known for their blatant rule-breaking.

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When Light and Dark Collide!
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12.00
2 votes

#5 - When Light and Dark Collide!

Season 16 - Episode 51 - Aired 11/27/2014

Ash unknowingly disrupts a play rehearsal, sending its star Gallade out of commission. Ash's Hawlucha and the odd-colored Hawlucha "villain" must work together to get the play back on track while trying to deal with Team Rocket.

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A Campus Reunion!
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11.00
2 votes

#6 - A Campus Reunion!

Season 16 - Episode 47 - Aired 10/23/2014

Clemont returns to his old school where he relives his younger years and reminisces about a Shinx he had befriended, but was forced to leave it behind after his graduation celebration. When he reunites with it, it has evolved into Luxio ever since and Clemont tries to heal the rift that was caused a few years ago.

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Absol Absolved!
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11.00
2 votes

#7 - Absol Absolved!

Season 19 - Episode 64 - Aired 4/30/2021

Ash and Goh return to Hoenn to help their friend Hodge, who explains that Lavaridge Town’s hot springs have dried up. Hodge’s uncle suspects it’s Absol’s fault, but Ash and Goh know that’s just a superstition. When they climb Mt. Chimney to investigate, they find the landscape has been frozen! It turns out some Glalie have been protecting a Snorunt by covering everything with ice, and Absol’s only been trying to warn everyone before the trapped steam causes an eruption! With Absol’s help, our heroes manage to safely release the steam and restore the hot springs, and Absol is so grateful, it decides to become Goh’s newest Pokémon!

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Healing the Healer!
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11.00
2 votes

#8 - Healing the Healer!

Season 19 - Episode 53 - Aired 1/29/2021

The Legendary Pokémon Suicune has been detected! Suicune is said to clean up polluted bodies of water and then leave, but for some reason, it’s lingering near a lake. And so, our heroes set off to investigate. Upon arriving, they discover the lake is being polluted by Pokémon hunters who want to catch Suicune. When Suicune appears, the hunters attack it—and to save it, Goh catches it! Weakened by the hunters, Suicune flees. But Goh heals its wounds, and the two form a bond as they defeat the hunters. Although Suicune disappears, it remains Goh’s Pokémon, and he trusts that it’ll always be with him, even when they’re apart.

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Showering the World with Love!
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10.00
2 votes

#9 - Showering the World with Love!

Season 18 - Episode 79 - Aired 6/14/2018

While visiting an observatory run by Sophocles's cousin, the classmates run into a new Pokémon, Minior, that makes a connection with Ash's Poipole.

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Thrash of the Titans!
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10.00
2 votes

#10 - Thrash of the Titans!

Season 19 - Episode 65 - Aired 5/7/2021

Ash has heard from Iris in Unova! She is now Unova League Champion and wanted to battle Ash on her way through the Pokémon World Coronation Series. Gym Leader Drayden agrees to let them battle in the Opelucid Gym—and it’s Dragonite versus Dragonite! But Iris’s Dragonite seems stronger, so Ash momentarily pulls his Dragonite back, bringing out his Dracovish. Neither Iris nor Drayden has seen a Dracovish before, and Iris’s Dragonite loses! Iris then brings out Haxorus, the evolved form of her partner Axew! The battling is powerful, but Ash’s unique strategy with his Dragonite defeats Haxorus, making him the winner and catapulting him into the Ultra Class!

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Rescuing the Unwilling!
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9.00
2 votes

#11 - Rescuing the Unwilling!

Season 18 - Episode 53 - Aired 12/7/2017

Our heroes have made it through the Ultra Wormhole, but when they find the captured Lusamine, they’re shocked to find she wants nothing to do with them! With an Ultra Beast controlling her mind, it’s up to Lillie, Ash, and friends to rescue her. Their Pokémon spring into action—but so do Lusamine’s Pokémon, who are also under the Ultra Beast’s control. Lillie gathers her courage and reaches out to Clefable, recounting the fun they had together in years past. Her reassuring persistence pays off, and Clefable breaks free of the Ultra Beast’s control. Meanwhile, riding on Solgaleo’s back, Ash presses on to find Lusamine—and the Ultra Beast.

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Climbing the Walls!
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8.43
21 votes

#12 - Climbing the Walls!

Season 16 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/24/2014

Ash and his friends make it to Cyllage City, where Ash plans on challenging the Gym Leader Grant. Having already seen his strategy with Onix at the Battle Chateau, Ash plans on having Froakie face the Rock Pokémon in battle, and later Pikachu against Tyrunt.

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The Lonely Hatenna
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8.39
49 votes

#13 - The Lonely Hatenna

Season 20 - Episode 21 - Aired 9/8/2023

After rescuing a wild Hatenna, Liko contemplates her own feelings—and makes a new friend!

A Guardian Rematch
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8.38
29 votes

#14 - A Guardian Rematch

Season 18 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/23/2017

Ash really wants to have a rematch against Tapu Koko, but he’s not sure about his strategy. Sophocles, who studies Electric-type Pokémon, offers to help! After some research and training at Sophocles Lab, Ash and Pikachu are ready for battle, and so is Tapu Koko.

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A Conspiracy to Conquer!
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8.35
26 votes

#15 - A Conspiracy to Conquer!

Season 16 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/13/2014

After Team Rocket attempts to consult the mysterious "Madame X" for help in capturing Pikachu, they are brainwashed by her Malamar, with only Meowth escaping and going to Ash and his friends for help. When Pikachu is captured and brainwashed as well, Ash, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, and Meowth go to save him and Team Rocket. However, everyone but Ash and Meowth gets brainwashed, leaving them with no idea on how to stop Madame X.

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A Talent for Imitation!
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8.23
53 votes

#16 - A Talent for Imitation!

Season 19 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/29/2020

Team Rocket have gone to a movie set in order to get a movie role for Jessie. However, when there, a director gets mad at Ditto, a Pokémon that has a role in the movie, as it is struggling with its transforming. Ditto runs away from the set and ends up with Team Rocket who decide to help it become a skilled actor. Meanwhile, Ash & Go have been called upon in order to find the Ditto. Will they get the Ditto back or will it stay with Team Rocket?

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One Journey Ends, Another Begins...
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8.19
26 votes

#17 - One Journey Ends, Another Begins...

Season 18 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/6/2017

After stealing his groceries again, the wild Litten comes to Ash for help when its friend Stoutland starts to have trouble breathing. Ash struggles to get it to the Pokémon Center...but Stoutland is old, and there’s not much Nurse Joy can do.

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When Regions Collide!
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8.17
29 votes

#18 - When Regions Collide!

Season 18 - Episode 43 - Aired 9/21/2017

Our heroes visit the Cerulean Gym, where the Alola students get their first taste of a Gym battle! Mallow and Lana challenge Misty, who praises their battle instincts after her victory. Next, Sophocles and Lillie face Brock and his Geodude—and Sophocles forgets that the Kanto Geodude is a Ground type, so his Electric-type moves won’t work!

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A Letter of Challenge from the Explorers
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8.17
42 votes

#19 - A Letter of Challenge from the Explorers

Season 20 - Episode 43 - Aired 3/15/2024

Only 30 boxes of the famous treat "Sea Diglett" are sold every day, and you have to stand in line for them too. However, as a thank you for helping the store manager, Liko and Roy are given some even without having to stand in line. A certain person from the Explorers was standing in line for the treats as well, though... and as they're on their way back to the Brave Olivine, Roy notices a letter of challenge that has been stuck to Fuecoco's back...?!

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The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!
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8.09
33 votes

#20 - The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!

Season 18 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/26/2017

Team Rocket has been living in the lap of lazy luxury thanks to Bewear...but a wake-up call from the Boss gets them back on track, and they head to the beach in search of Pokémon.

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Partner Promises!
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8.08
26 votes

#21 - Partner Promises!

Season 18 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/6/2017

Ash reluctantly tags along with Lana, Lillie, and Mallow at the mall. One store’s owner points him toward Treasure Island, a gorgeous place full of wild Pokémon, and offers to lend him her kayak. Soon, he and Pikachu are on their way!

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Alola, Kanto!
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8.07
28 votes

#22 - Alola, Kanto!

Season 18 - Episode 42 - Aired 9/14/2017

Ash’s Pokémon School class is taking a field trip to the Kanto region! Principal Oak is excited to visit his famous cousin in Pallet Town, and Professor Kukui says some special guests will be joining them. When those guests turn out to be Brock and Misty, Ash is delighted!

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Gettin' The Bugs Out
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8.07
152 votes

#23 - Gettin' The Bugs Out

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/20/2000

Ash and friends have delivered the GS Ball safely to Kurt and are heading to the Azalea Town Gym for the next badge. Misty thinks Ash will have a tough time with without Charizard but Ash is confident that Cyndaquil has the firepower he needs.The Azalea Gym is a large dome with a forest-like environment inside. Misty becomes nervous, then a Caterpie drops down in front of her and she freaks. A boy standing up on a tree branch says that this is in fact the Gym and that bug Pokemon are the best. Misty isn't thrilled. Ash introduces himself and the boy says he's Bugsy, the Gym leader.

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Settling a Not-So-Old Score!
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8.04
99 votes

#24 - Settling a Not-So-Old Score!

Season 10 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/5/2007

As the Floaroma Town contest begins, Pachirisu�s stage fright puts Dawn in a state of panic. However, Dawn pulls out a Poffin which snaps Pachirisu out of it, and she puts on a great appeal. While she worries weather or not she will make it to the next round, Jessie and Kenny pull of great appeals, and soon all three of them make it to the next round. In the first round, Dawn must face Jessie. After struggling for a little bit, Dawn manages to pull off a win. As the contest winds down, the final battle is Dawn vs. Kenny. Will Dawn beat her childhood rival and win her first Contest Ribbon.

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Battling a Thaw in Relations!
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8.04
108 votes

#25 - Battling a Thaw in Relations!

Season 13 - Episode 31 - Aired 8/19/2010

Ash and Paul's battle in the Sinnoh League quarter-finals rages on as both trainers give it their all. Eventually, both Ash and Paul have just one Pokémon remaining; Infernape for Ash and Electivire for Paul. Which trainer will emerge victorious in this decisive battle and move on to the semi-finals?

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